I've jumped on the Rise of Nations bandwagon this week and am learning valuable RTS skills such as pouting and pretending I'm having network difficulties. As I instruct my citizens to run this way and that, building temples and chopping down trees, I can't help but think I'm letting them down. I'm surprised they don't defect to my opponent's side to spite me for my poor leadership. I make it painfully clear to them from the start that they are expendable and that simply can't be good for morale. All I can do is promise them a better life in the future for a little hard work now. I'm bound to learn from my mistakes and become victorious eventually, right? At the very least I'll claim the game isn't very good and move on to something else. In either case, those hapless citizens will finally get a break.